When you think of attacks on your computer you probably think of the attacks coming from intruders on the outside of your network.
But, unless you are on a home network, then there are plenty of forces inside of your corporate network that would love to take it down.
The person who tries to take it down may have several issues that are causing this behavior –
They may be doing it for the money, meaning someone on the outside is paying them to cause damage to your internal network.
Alternatively, they can be upset about the way that they were treated recently.
When someone feels that they were wronged, sometimes they can take these types of hostile feelings to the extreme and attempt to retaliate against the company.
This may lead them to doing something as boneheaded as trying to take down the company’s network.
Even if they are not an advanced black hat hacker, they can find some of the tools that they will need to accomplish this over the internet – you do not need to be a genius hacker to be able to take down a network from the inside – all you need is that one right tool.
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One of the tools that an attacker from the inside would need is something that would allow them to get your password and username.
The username may be a little easier to get than the password but, with the right software tool, the password is not that hard either.
An attack that is easy for just the average person to pull off is called a brute force attack.
Unfortunately, even though Windows 7 has prepared for a lot of attacks against its software, it is still susceptible to a brute force attack.
A brute force attack is when a piece of software just starts to throw out random information in the hopes that it can find the password that an administrator has used to secure their system.
It attempts to query the system over and over again until it guesses the right information.
Once it does, it then saves the information and uses it at another time.
There are different variations of a brute force, such as a dictionary attack, but no matter the variation it can prove to be a very effective attack for someone that is new to hacking.
If you have been on the underground scene for a while then you would know that there are quicker ways to get into someone’s computer other than a brute force attack.
A brute force attack would be the last option for someone who has had a lot of experience.
Microsoft has increased its security a great deal with Windows 7 but a brute force attack may be hard for even them to stop.
There are certainly ways to block it, but all a person needs is time and the right time pattern and then they can just make the attempts to guess the password look more natural.
Try to make sure that your computer has limited access at work – you do not want anyone trying this with your workstation.
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